The purpose of this tape analyse is to collect as much data from a corrupted tape to be able to eventually recover lost files or data for deeper analysis.
This process is the second stage analyse to get an overview of the kind of data on the tape.
Since the first process is to determine whether there signal is "Audio Waveforms" or "Data", the essential work is already done.
Even though we didn't managed to rescue this tape due various and most of all many different errors, the case could have been the opposite and the analyse process would have lead to find something unreleased or just been able to explore the tape and its content. This is where most people would give up and call it the day, throw the tape away and stop! But this is when I take things one step further. To a process where I air the tape, wash the tape, stretch the tape and prepare it for deeper analysis.
That process is very, very critical and requires lots of work and precise tools. I will pick this process apart and pinpoint each step in another part.